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How America the world’s most violent country slaughters children at home and abroad


Posted on December 21, 2012 by Akashma Online News

By Jerry Kroth
Counterpunch
17 December 2012

UPDATED

America is the only country in the world perpetually at war: in 2011-2012 alone, the United States was killing people in nine different countries, from Afghanistan to Yemen.

Children Killed in Pakistan by US Drone

EACH TIME there is an outbreak of homicidal mania, whether Columbine, Virginia Tech, or Adam Lanza’s slaughter of twenty eight innocents in Connecticut, the media directs us to stories about gun control and the need for better policing of individuals with mental illnesses.

The larger context—that America is a society brimming over with violence—is entirely lost in the discussion.

There are 192 million firearms owned by Americans, more than any other society in the world. Our rate of death from firearms is three times that of France and Canada, fourteen times greater than Ireland, and two hundred and fifty times greater than Japan, where firearms are aggressively controlled.

The U.S. has more prisoners, per capita, than any country on earth—three times more than Cuba, seven times more than Germany—and, indeed, we house twenty-five percent of all the prisoners in the world.

As for media violence, by the time the average American child leaves elementary school, they will have witnessed 8,000 murders and over 100,000 other acts of violence, and, to rub more salt into these open wounds, the U.S. also leads the world in the sale and rental of violent video games.

That litany of statistics comes to us compliments of our gratuitous interpretations of the First and Second Amendments.

But the forest we are talking grows ever larger.

Since World War II, the United States engaged in over fifty military operations abroad killing some four million people (Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Iraq, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Grenada, Panama, the list goes on). If you add in to that total massacres by proxies and surrogates, the number flirts with five million (Indonesia, Chile, Guatemala, and elsewhere).

We are the only country in the world seemingly perpetually at war. In 2011-2012 alone, the United States was killing people in nine different countries: Iraq and Afghanistan with troops, Libya with rockets, Somalia, Pakistan, and Yemen with drones, Honduras with raids against drug cartels, the Philippines with air support against insurgents, and most recently in Kenya as 150 Special forces started their operations. No other country in the world can boast of so many military involvements.

To remedy the horrors we saw in Connecticut should not be limited to screening mentally ill individuals from purchasing Glocks—which is about as far as our craven mainstream media wishes to venture. Instead we need to recognize the massacres of Jonestown, Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Connecticut are merely symptoms of a much more ubiquitous cancer.

To finally address this problem is to begin a long and arduous process of cultivating a culture of peace. Such collective psychotherapy begins by treating the patient on many fronts and in a multi-dimensional way: To forbid the sale of handguns, nationwide; to ration the sale of ammunition; to prohibit the sale of violent toys to children (Greece already does), to aggressively control the sale and access of violent video games to children (Australia, Venezuela, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, and Brazil already do), and to prohibit the broadcast of violent scenes, explicit or implicit, on network television during family viewing hours, a practice already in effect in many European countries

And, who knows, we might even take it one step further and retreat from our aspirations of empire and global hegemony, close down our military operations, and bring our vast armies and armadas home —over 400,000 Americans at last count stationed in almost 1,000 overseas military bases.

Russia has ten overseas military bases. China none.

So much room to grow!

Imagine our progressive President, instead of limiting his compassion to the shedding of a tear at a press conference, actually proposed comprehensive and revolutionary changes and legislation that focussed not on the symptoms but, at long last, finally started to address the disease itself.

The Woes of an American Drone Operator

Bryant saw a flash on the screen: the explosion. Parts of the building collapsed. The child had disappeared. Bryant had a sick feeling in his stomach.“Did we just kill a kid?” he asked the man sitting next to him.

“Yeah, I guess that was a kid,” the pilot replied.

US drones kill up to 80% civilians – Pakistan Interior Minister

There are no exact statistics on the number of people killed in drone strikes in Pakistan. Estimates vary from about 2,500 to over 3,000 victims. As many as 174 of them were reportedly children.

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December 14, 2012

I m still researching on the the two events. The 2th Amendment come to my mind very clearly. All the crisis that is exciting the people around the world it is something to get worry about it, and our government will subject Americans to more control. It will force Americans to surrender their guns.

Instead of the government to go home to home and confiscated the arms,  American will be fearful enough to relinquish  their own constitutional rights.
The occupy movement is not death, and the Middle East, and Europe is getting in fire.  I m scare that the emotions get high in the US and there will be some kind of chaos looming close to home.

The economy is really bad, farmers lost their lands to the banks, homeowner lost their homes to the banks.

The number published are fake to keep the public’s “peace of mind”. The underemployment is raising. There are more homeless in the streets that never before.
The information bellow is important to tie some ends to the two stories.

Brzezinski: “Its easier to kill a million people…than it is to control them”

In a country where there almost as many guns as citizens, the odds are against the government. I really doubt that the US government will be able to control 300 million American going into the streets like Egyptian Tahir Square did it, specially if those American are taking their legally owned guns with them to protest the actions of the government.
Colorado Shooting and Connecticut Shooting. Plus the video . Please be objective and think little bit on conspiracies.

Conneticut Shooting – (3 combined shooters) Police Audio and Witness Video Testimonies

“The father of Newtown Connecticut school shooter Adam Lanza is Peter Lanza who is a VP and Tax Director at GE Financial.
The father of Aurora Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes is Robert Holmes, the lead scientist for the credit score company FICO.
Both men were to testify before the US Senate in the ongoing LIBOR scandal. The London Interbank Offered Rate, known as Libor, is the average interest rate at which banks can borrow from each other. 16 international banks have been implicated in this ongoing scandal, accused of rigging contracts worth trillions of dollars. HSBC has already been fined $1.9 billion and three of their low level traders arrested.” Libor Scandal

  1. December 22, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    I agree with Gun control. But the control of media is not even part of the equation. First: control Guns then: we will worry about censorship. Media is always the scapegoat in these things. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth it smacks too much of totalitarianism all because you “don’t like dem loud video games dem kids is playing.” As far as the influence on the child, it is a matter of parenting, teaching the child common sense things like the difference between Fantasy and Reality, a very useful skill in this world I would have thought. Also I find the whole mention of it absurd in the context of the articles subject: How America is the biggest homicidal bully in the world. It’s a question of poverty caused by greed, cheap labour: get them inmates to work for $3 a day..oh no there is no work for the kids leaving college..I know… military!..Or well prison then I guess… You need to go back to taxing the rich, they don’t need all those Billions of dollars, how much Diamonds and houses and gold-leaf coated ice creams do you need? Stimulate the economy cut the Military Budget get your filthy fingers out of all the pies, you don’t own the World, sorry you don’t. Make corporations accountable, remove the stipulation that a corporation has the same rights as a human being, if you can’t send one to jail it aint human. Give free education to those who want to learn, at least it will get them out of prison, get rid of the three strikes rule etc etc And leave media alone, it’s got nothing to do with this. Get rid of Fox News though.. awful awful Network.

    • John Wheat Gibson
      January 2, 2013 at 4:37 am

      You are too late. The media in the U.S. already are virtually totally controlled by the government and rigorously censored. It is the same government that bought the elections of the cabal of clowns in the legislature and the sock puppet president in Washington, D.C. It is through the total control of the media that our rulers conceal from the tv-watching masses the shredding of the U.S. constitution and even the Magna Carta, and perpetuate popular terror of the boogeyman d’jour (Communists, Terrorists, Weapons of Mass Destruction, etc.) that keeps us voting against our material interests.

  2. December 22, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I was wondering why you chose to post an article containing the words: “Since World War II, the United States engaged in over fifty military operations abroad killing some four million people (Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Iraq, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Grenada, Panama, the list goes on). If you add in to that total massacres by proxies and surrogates, the number flirts with five million (Indonesia, Chile, Guatemala, and elsewhere)”
    This is a totally insupportable understatement. Mortality in Korea, Indochina and Iraq is almost entirely caused by US ordnance in the hands of US personnel and, to a lesser extent, US proxies and allies. 4 million in Korea, around 4 million in Indochina, nearly 3 million in Iraq. As for the “proxies and surrogates” when you consider that in Indonesia alone an estimated 500,000 were massacred after a US backed coup (PD Scott makes a sound case that it was a US instigated coup – ‘The United States and the Overthrow of Sukarno: 1965-1967.’ Pacific Affairs, 58:2 (Summer 1985), pp 239-64).
    This is not conservatism it is denial and apologism plain and simple. David Irving uses a similar level of dimunition of mortality to deny that the Germans committed genocide against Jews, and this is exactly the same. It is genocide denial.

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